New Server Hardware Recommendations?
kimball at kimballlarsen.com
Thu Feb 19 10:30:27 MST 2009
On Feb 19, 2009, at 9:11 AM, Dennis Muhlestein wrote:
> Kimball Larsen wrote:
>> So, my elderly (4+ years old) home server is banging on death's
>> door, so I need to figger out what to use to replace it.
>> It's been a while (uhm, 4+ years) since I've had the pleasure of
>> trying to build out my own linux box rather than buying something
>> pre-configured for windows and just slapping linux on it. So, I've
>> got some questions:
>> What processor family will offer the best bang for the buck?
>> Should I go with an AMD or an Intel? What are the advantages of
>> Phenom vs Athalon vs Opteron? Do various flavors of linux like one
>> processor family more than another?
>> How's about motherboards? I assume that after I pick a CPU, I
>> should mate it with a well-supported motherboard. Any that you can
>> recommend as having solid linux support for all their doo-dads?
>> I prefer to make this thing be as small as possible (think media
>> center pc sized), but have space for a typical ATX case if need be.
> Why host your own? If you're going to spend $$$ on a server, why
> not just spend $ on a good virtual server. You can do an Amazon E2C
> cloud virtual server for around $50/month I think.
Control and cost. First off, this is only a *personal* server - I
don't use it for any of my business stuff at all. For < $400 I can
put together an adequate box that even has a few bells / whistles. At
$50 / month, a hosted server will cost more than my dsl connection at
home to connect to the darn thing.
> 50/month * 4 years = $2400. Slightly more than the 1500 an adequate
> server will cost but lots less than the 3-5k a server that could
> rival what you get for the price would be.
> I'm sure there are other many hosting options with many different
> price points.
I don't think any are really justifiable for my situation.
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